January 23, 2015

Recent Finds No. 14

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1. These Mantrabands are not only super motivational, but cute too.

2. Y'all know I'm obsessed with anything to do with cats + coffee mugs.

3. Andrew Lincoln - Rick Grimes - Just can't get enough of TWD lately.

4. This is a temporary tat, but it'd sure make a killer permanent tattoo.

5. Not sure who the artist is behind this masterpiece, but I really like it.

6. Home office inspiration. I love the photo display below the shelving.

7. A felt hat + bright red lips. I kinda have a thing for both these days.

8. Black blazer over a screen tee with denim jeans. Casually polished.

9. "And I know that every day the Lord is dancing over me" ... So true.

January 19, 2015

Weekend Rundown

Normally I don't get too excited whenever the weekends come about since I'm not a Monday-Friday worker and most Saturdays involve closing at Target, but this past weekend was pretty eventful. 

FRIDAY • On Friday afternoon, I noticed that there was going to be a food truck rally later that evening in downtown St. Pete. Since my other plans for the day had fallen through, I shot Lauren a text before she got out of work to see if she'd be interested in going. Once she found a sitter, G and I made plans to pick her up. The rally turned out to be kinda lame, not gonna lie. But, we made the best of it. We grabbed some tacos and then found our way to a rooftop lounge called The Canopy to get some drinks. A couple shots of whiskey and let's just say I haven't had that much fun in a long time!

SATURDAY • After sleeping in for a little while, we met up with my aunt and uncle for lunch at Mr. Dunderbak's for some authentic German food. I had been wanting to try this place for quite some time and it was just as good as I imagined it would be. I still have to plan to go back with Lauren since she'd be the real judge after living in Germany the past 3 years. Saturday evening was my last shift (until April) at Target. It wasn't busy, which I liked, but the hours seemed to drag by.

SUNDAY • Our good friends, Jennifer and Jose (the ones that got hitched back in October), were down visiting from northern Florida so we made plans to meet up with them for sushi on Sunday afternoon. I swear we sat and talked for over an hour after we finished our meals. I miss them living closer. I mean, they only moved about 3 hours away from us, but still. We're hoping to drive up and stay with them a couple days in February or March *fingers crossed*. After we said our goodbyes, G and I headed to Shooters World to trade in his Glock 17 for the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. I wasn't sure how I felt about such a tiny gun, but it's growing on me and it's definitely a better EDC (everyday carry) gun. I was very surprised that they were able to do an even trade, so we only had to pay $30 for G's background check.

I also took my first trip to Trader Joe's on Sunday. As soon as we were leaving the gun shop, Lauren asked me if I wanted to go with her so I jumped on the opportunity. Our local Trader Joe's is about a 30 minute drive from us and I haven't had the time I've been too lazy to drive over there. Although, once I bought a handful of items and tried them out, I knew I'd be going back. Cookie butter, ground espresso, balsamic glaze, roasted red peppers. Yeah, I'll be back soon.

January 18, 2015

Currently | January

READING • At the moment, I'm trying to decide if I should knock out some of the books I've already started or dive into a new one. I know, I'm a mess. Haha. I need a good page-turner. I get bored with stories too easily.

WATCHING • The Walking Dead! It didn't take long for me to get over all of the gore. Now it doesn't bother me at all and I've fallen in love with the whole thing! Over the course of the last 3 weeks, we've managed to binge-watch every single episode. I'm really looking forward to February 8th! They better not kill off anymore of my favorite characters though :(

LISTENING TO • Take This City by Everfound. Love this song. "Apathy is killing me. We could be the saints down on our knees. Lifting each other out of ashes, out of ruins. Hope will bring a new beginning, if we break the silence."

DISCOVERING • That I can do anything, but I cannot (and will not) do everything. Sadly, I'm not Wonder Woman. I have to remind myself that it's okay to take a break and it's certainly okay to ask for help if and when I need it.

PLANNING • How I'd like to spend the next 10 weeks. Today is the first day of my leave of absence from Target and I really want to make the best of my time off. I'm brainstorming ways to make each day more productive.

CRAVING • Sushi, but more specifically, the crazy horse roll from Origami Sushi. That craving will soon be satisfied when I meet up with some friends for lunch in a couple of hours. And, let me tell ya, it will be glorious, lol.

WISHING • I could hire someone to come remodel + decorate our guest room. I managed to make room for my desk by pushing the clutter to the corner of the room. There's still a lot of work to be done until this place feels like an office.

FEELING • Sorry for my husband who was up all night, on-call for work. A few moments after he finally got to bed, one of our customers called to shift lines on a vessel that's currently in port. Poor guy needs some rest!

PRAYING FOR • Wisdom, strength and motivation to complete all of the tasks that I've laid out for myself.

January 16, 2015

2015 • A Year to Execute

I have to admit that it took me a little longer to settle on a focus word this year. Last years word (renew) came so easily, but it was much harder this time around for some reason. Probably because the possibilities seem endless. I took time to think about it and thought about it some more, until finally it hit me like a ton of bricks the other night.

to carry out or put into effect (a plan, order or course of action)

And, really, that's exactly what this years focus is for me. To finally break away from everything that's been holding me back (be it fear, lack of motivation or laziness) and carry out the plans that I've made. Up until this point in time, I've only talked about the things I want to do, using 'someday' as a crutch of sorts. I should have never allowed that word to take up residence in my vocabulary. Casually talking about my dreams won't make them come to pass, so it's time to take action and see all of these things through until completion. It's not going to work until I do.

So, in order for me to get the rest that I so desperately need, I've taken a 10 week leave of absence from Target while I refocus (and try to regain a bit of my sanity). My last shift is tomorrow evening and then I'll return once April rolls around. Though, honestly, I've seriously contemplated not going back at all (still praying about what I should do in the long run). All I know is that working 3 different part-time jobs just isn't leaving me any extra time for myself and I really want to get back to my creative endeavors since they bring me joy and fulfillment. I'm excited to get back to design work and such.